I heard an interesting idea the other day pertaining to writer's block, but it could relate to almost anything. We know the right half of the human brain controls your creativity, while the left half controls the logic, right? Some of us are more right brain oriented, while others operate using more of the left side.
I think I'm somewhere right down the middle. My dad is all right brained, my mom all left. I can literally pin point which thoughts/actions of mine are from my mom or dad. Dad is the artist/story-teller. Mom is the reader and mathematician. An interesting combination--kind of a yin and yang type balance. But I learned early on which one to go to for what. I didn't go to Mom when I wanted help drawing a picture. I didn't go to Dad when I needed help with a math problem. Make sense?
So this theory I heard from author Michael Levin is that writers get writer's block when they're trying to do it all at once. The right side of their brain is trying to create the story, while the left side is trying to organize it. This combined focus results in a road block of sorts. The flow is dammed.
The solution is to stop trying to use both sides of your brain at once. This could apply to anything creative where we seem to find ourselves in a rut. In writing--and probably true for any art--we must learn to control each side of our brain in order to keep the flow. This means we have to write that first draft no matter how sloppy or unorganized it is. We just have to DO it. No need to worry about anything except getting the words and ideas out. This would be focusing on the RIGHT side of your brain ONLY.
Then, once we have our first (and dreadfully rough) draft, you can begin revisions focusing on using the LEFT side of your brain only. Do the details of your story make sense? The sentence structure? The organization? Do you need to rearrange some chapters, or add some in? Maybe even delete entirely?
If we look at it this way, it makes so much more sense. If we learn when to use which side of our brains when, we can become more creative and not hit the proverbial block. Personally, I haven't hit writer's block. I think I hit the opposite and can't figure out when to turn it off. LOL. But I know many writers do come to a stalemate in their work. Or maybe it has more to do with motivation. Perhaps focusing on one side of your brain will eliminate the stress and apprehesion of continuing when you feel unmotivated. Again, it's the yin and yang balance of the brain.... just like my parents. We have to figure out which side we need, and when.
On a side note, I'm SO behind at visiting blogs. I'm sorry, my bleeps! I'm trying... really really trying to make my rounds. Seems I've got these other obligations (family, dayjob, housework) holding me back. But I'll get there. Sending you all lots of blog lurve and wishing you the best of the weekend.
We're off to go camping and I'm so looking forward to romancing my muse with nature all weekend. ;)
What about you? Any plans for romancing your muse? What about right brain vs. left? Are you more one than the other, or split down the middle like me? Do tell ...